One of the hardest parts of being a new vegan (or even an old seasoned vegan) is trying to keep up with all the new products out there. I must have spent over $50 looking for the "right" vegan cheese my first year being a vegan and I have over 50 vegan/vegetarian cookbooks in my arsenal but not all the recipes are the greatest. I’m the first born so I’m used to being a Guinea Pig and now I’m your Vegan Guinea Pig. So here are my recommendations and critiques. Let me know what you think!

Thursday, October 4, 2007

First Post...Let's Just Jump Right In!!!

This is my first post, so I'm just going to jump right in! This whole blog came about because of the product I'm about to highlight today: Organicville Dairy Free Ranch Dressing. Omni's (those pesky omnivores) always try to insist that a vegan or vegetarian diet is super expensive which is 200% false. But the trial and error of trying to find decent veggie substitutes can be. As a vegetarian for 5 years I thought I'd mastered everything, but once I transitioned to a vegan lifestyle a whole new world opened up to me. Imagine my joy when I discovered there was a vegan cheese! Fast forward to 4 months and $50 later when I finally found the one I liked, with a trail of wasted money and faux cheese to show for it.

So here I am! Your vegan guinea pig. I'll try darn near anything at least once (don't worry we're still talking about food). And this blog isn't exclusive to just store-bought goodies, but cookbooks, recipes, etc.

Ok, back to Organicville's Dairy Free Ranch Dressing. I was jumping in the aisles of the grocery store (literally) when I saw this. I picked up my $4 bottle of salad dressing and ran and picked up every type of lettuce and salad topping you could imagine. I got home, made my perfect salad, turned on my tivo and took a bite. DISAPPOINTMENT! It was like a vinegar/soy milk combo. I checked out the website and there are a lot of great testimonials so I'm willing to give their other dressings a try but as for the ranch I recommend just googling a vegan ranch recipe and trying that one. In fact, here's one I googled. I'll try it and let you know how it goes...

Vegan Ranch Dressing
1/2 cup vegan mayonnaise
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon parsley, chopped
1/4 cup unsweetened soymilk

Whisk all ingredients together and chill before serving. Add a little more soy milk if you need to thin dressing.

For the nutrition info check out


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  2. Well...first Alicia...You inspire me to eat healthier every time we chat about food lol.

    Now...about the trying anything once...don't lie ain't talkin' 'bout just food hahahaha
    But said you'd eat a human if it was life or death! hahahaha

    So go on wit yer bad self and try some stuff for me! :) I'll be in Cali soon and have a world of better food at my fingertips!


  3. I'm so proud of you Alicia for your discipline and commitment. You're amazing and I'm so happy for you! :o)

    And keep the food coming becuase it's making me! Stay blessed!


  4. You actually found a faux cheese that you like? I've completely given up on it. I'm better off with nutritional yeast and some spices.

  5. I have been trying to do the vegeterian lifestyle for a year and a half. I have eliminated meats with the exception of "some" fish/seafood. This year i had to purchase digestive enygmes for my stomach and i can no longer eat certain foods, which is good...salmon, some chocolates and no diary. The pain i experience from eating these things is enough to make me go to the hospital. Has anyone exerperience anything like this?

  6. Sometimes, vinaigrette is all you need. It's simple to make, much less expensive than store-bought creamy dressings, and healthier.

  7. For Evelyn: Have you had your stomach acid levels (Hydrochloric Acid) tested? Speak with your doctor about referring you to a specialist. Do you have the same issues with leafy green vegetables? Nausea along with the pain?

  8. Organicville's Herb de Provence and the Olive Oil and Balsamic are good! Cucumbers, Tomatoes, and red onions are excellent soaked in the Herb de Provence. When I am being bad, (cheese habits are hard to break!) I add Feta cheese.

  9. Hey Joelle, I saw the Herbs de Provence recently at my co-op. I'll give it a try! Thanks for adding!


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